Several months ago, on my other blog, I listed the top five verses that came to mind after I visited Tara’s blog where she listed her fave five. Now, I did not know all of the source verses for all of these…I had to look some of them up…but I knew of them. The one most “random” was the one about The Miracle of the Fish with Coin. That is what I am calling it....
“When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, ‘Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, ‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?’ Peter said to Him, ‘From strangers.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Then the sons are free. Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.’” ~Mattthew 17:24-27
Three things strike me as significant about this passage, the last of which I will comment on:
1) Jesus did not have to pay this temple tax. He was the Son of God, and could have made that argument. Instead, he decided to pay it to avoid causing offence. “Nevertheless, lest we offend them”
2) He read Peter’s mind. Peter had been questioned about the temple tax outside the presence of Jesus, but “when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, ‘What do you think, Simon”
3) Jesus provided precisely what was needed, in a very specific way, using just exactly what was needed and no more.
Jesus told Peter “go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first.” Now, Peter was accustomed to using nets to catch fish. Sure, he knew how to cast a line, but that was not normal. He said, “Go cast a hook”. Of all the hooks and nets in the sea, Jesus caused THAT fish to go to PETER’S hook. And then, (LOVE THIS), sometime before, Jesus had caused THAT fish to swallow exactly the coin needed to satisfy the temple tax for two people.
Seriously, do we need more proof of God’s provision than that?
What was needed, the coin; was provided at just the right time, when Peter cast his hook; for a specific purpose, the temple tax. Jesus did not randomly say, “Go cast a net, bring the fish up, and I will show you the fish you need. Then hold onto that fish for when you may need it.”
Remember, God did the same with Abraham and Isaac. God provided a ram, caught in the bushes, to be the sacrifice for Isaac. God did not send a flock. He sent a specific thing, to a specific place for a specific purpose.
Think of a time in your life where God sent just what you needed, when you needed it, knowing why you needed it.
In my life, it was a time when we needed a plumber. Michael was laid off, and we were barely living paycheck to paycheck. We called the plumber that night and he said it would be $120.00 that night, or if we could wait until Monday morning, it would be $90. Well, $90 was still more that we had laying around, but the work had to be done. We prayed about it. All three of us held hands in that bathroom and prayed about it. We decided Monday would be soon enough. We could do without water in that end of the house until then. The next morning was a Sunday. We went to church, and one of the older ladies came up to me with an envelope. She said, ‘The Senior Adult group took up some money for y’all Wednesday at the meeting. We hope it helps you in some way.” Inside that envelope was $100.00.
God put the coin in the fish’s mouth that Wednesday night. Our hook was a simple prayer spoken in need. The coin was found in the hallway of the church, in that sweet envelope, just when we needed it.
God knows what we need before we know it. He knows how He will provide before we pray for it. He will send what we need …nothing more, nothing less… just in time.
That is powerful, y’all. That is why I am all the more thankful for my struggles. I have experienced miracles first hand.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”~ Philippians 4:19
Love and joy!